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IMPORTANT ILLINOIS ISSUES

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GERRYMANDERING

The Illinois General Assembly redraws districts boundaries every ten years to give themselves an unfair advantage, subsequently cancelling out thousands of votes (maybe even yours).

  • WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    “Gerrymandering,” is defined as follows:

    U.S. Politics. the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

    [Source: Dictionary.com]

  • HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

    Elections that are easier to win when voting districts are re-drawn to include mostly Republicans or mostly Democrats. Often, legislators collude by drawing districts that contain vast majorities of their party’s voters, and only small minorities of other partys’ voters to help ensure a win. That’s how we get districts like Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District, which wraps around Chicago like a horseshoe — and votes Democrat every time. The results be damaging in many ways:

    1. Elections that are unfair, or don‘t offer a real choice
    2. Elected legislators who are less likely to answer to voters’ concerns knowing their job performances have no consequence
    3. Longer terms for legislators who may not be fairly representing their communities
    4. Elected legislators who may be more likely to answer to campaign donors than the community they represent

  • WHERE DO ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS STAND?

    In Illinois, the redistricting process is controlled by the General Assembly, and approved by the Governor. This means that every change to our legislative maps has to be approved by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner – two powerful leaders.

    64% of Illinoisans think this is a problem, and want the Supreme Court to put an end to partisan gerrymandering.

    [Source: Paul Simon Institute]

    Several of the candidates for Illinois governor in 2018 (including Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker) have said they will support creating an independent commission, without political insiders, to redraw our gerrymandered districts.

    Several of the candidates for Illinois governor in 2018 (including Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker) have said they will support creating an independent commission, without political insiders, to re-draw our gerrymandered districts.

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